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Allahabad High Court quashes UP govt's order sacking Shia Waqf Board members

Monday June 26, 2017 1:27 AM, & Agencies

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In a major embarrassment for the Yodi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad High Court on Friday quashed an order removing six members of the Shia Waqf Board.

The court ordered immediate reinstatement of the six members who were booted out at the orders of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The Yogi Adityanath government had on June 15 ordered to dissolve Shia and Sunni Waqf boards in the state alleging corruption.

"Chief Minister Adityanath has assented to the dissolution of the boards", Minister of State for Waqf Mohsin Raza said while talking to reporters on June 15.

"There have been serious allegations of corruption against the Shia and Sunni waqf boards related to their properties. An inquiry conducted by the Waqf Council of India had also found many irregularities", he said.

A Waqf board handles Muslim rulers or donors properties. Waqf means a property dedicated to the society. It's a religious endowment in Islam, typically devoting a building or plot of land for Muslim religious or charitable purposes. It could be a madrassa, mosque, tomb or graveyard.

The Waqf properties are spread all across India including Uttar Pradesh. Various recent and past committees have concluded that there are large scale corruption in the Waqf boards.

The committees also found that most of the Waqf properties have been either encroached over or handed over on lowest rents right under the Waqf boards' nose.

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